Located in the heart of the Arabian desert is the colourful, subtropical city, Salalah which is the capital of the Dhofar Region in Oman. Termed also as the “second city of the Sultanate”, it is known for its distinct weather. Here’s a look at the different seasons that Salalah experiences that will help us decide the best time to visit Salalah . The most definite best time to visit Salalah is during the monsoon (khareef) season that lasts from July end – September, when the desert transform into a lush, green oasis!
Summer (Monsoon) Season in Salalah: June, July, August
The Salalah Tourism Festival is also held from 15 July to 31 August every year.
The main attraction of this time of the year is the Kharif Festival which is held for nearly six weeks. This is the peak tourist season, as many locals from the neighbouring cities, along with few international travellers, flock to the city. There are lively carnivals, music festivals, traditional dances and traditional cuisines on display everyday of the festival.
Room rates, already limited in the city, go up five times, as compared to the rest of the year. It’s better to book your rooms and 4WDs/ cars way in advance.
Fall Season in Salalah
Winter Season in Salalah
Winter in the city starts from December and continues till February. The temperature ranges from 14° C in the evening to 26° C in the daytime. The weather is dry and humidity is absent. The mountainsides and the landscape are still green. This is the best time to visit Salalah as city visits can be planned, along with countryside visits.
People planning to travel to Salalah at this time of the year should carry light clothes for the daytime, and warm jackets in case it gets slightly chilly in the evenings.
The tourist season is very low. Accommodation is easy to find, and that too at very low rates. Eating and travelling rates are also very low at this time.
Spring Season in Salalah: March, April, May
The spring season starts from March and continues till May. It is slightly warmer and humid. It rains during this time but very scattered, and is quite windy.
The city is very quiet, as the tourist crowd does not descend during this time period. The hotel rates are very low, and so are the rates of the restaurants and other entertainment sectors. This is the best time to visit Salalah, especially for budget seekers. April is the least popular month among tourists heading to Salalah, so rates for hotels, restaurants etc would be the cheapest this time.
People planning a trip now should pack light and comfortable clothes, which are best in hot and humid weather. This is the best time to go for scuba diving and other water sports at the beaches.